5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

5 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Dr. Meinerz and Dr. Krueger, have years of combined experience placing dental implants, and at Honest Teeth, we’re familiar with all of the latest implant dentistry techniques and technologies.

If you’re thinking about getting dental implants and you’re not sure whether they’re the right option for you, you may have some questions about the process. Here are the 5 most common questions our patients ask us about dental implants, along with our answers:

1. Will My Insurance Cover A Dental Implant?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is usually “no”. Most dental insurance plans do not qualify dental implants as an essential procedure. They will cover a partial denture or a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, but not a dental implant.

Some insurers are willing to pay up to 50% of the cost, but this is rare. It’s best to consult with your insurance company before you have a dental implant placed, to make sure you understand what is and what isn’t covered under your plan.

2. How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the best reasons to get a dental implant is because implant treatment is the most cost-effective way to restore your tooth in the long-term, even if it is not covered by insurance. While dental implants are quite expensive at the outset, they last longer than partial dentures and dental bridges.

Dental implants, if you care for them properly, will last you for the rest of your life. Many people today have dental implants that are over 30 years old, and in great condition.

3. How Do I Care For My Dental Implant?

Another reason dental implants are beneficial is because they do not require any special care. All you have to do is brush and floss your teeth normally, and see the team at Honest Teeth for regular, six-month cleanings and exams.  

4. Are Dental Implants Painful?

The process of having a dental implant placed is somewhat invasive, so there will be some discomfort involved. However, this can be treated with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, and most patients experience very little discomfort within 2-3 days after the procedure.

5. How Many Teeth Can I Replace With Dental Implants?

You can replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire mouthful of teeth. Dental implants can support a single dental crown, a dental bridge, or a set of implant-supported dentures.

No matter how many teeth you need to replace, you may be eligible for dental implants, as long as you’re healthy and free of any major oral issues like gum disease.

Interested In Learning More? Contact Us For A Consultation!

Getting a dental implant is a big step, and we understand that. We welcome you to stop by Honest Teeth for a consultation with Dr. Meinerz or Dr. Krueger. Our dentists are happy to help you understand the entire process, and they will assess your oral health to ensure that an implant is the best choice for you. Get started now by giving us a call at (262) 784-7770, or stop by our office for your consultation at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite #100, Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

The Top 5 Advantages Of Invisalign Compared To Metal Braces

If you need orthodontic treatment to correct minor issues with your smile, such as gaps in your teeth, slightly crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or a minor underbite or overbite, Invisalign from Dr. Max Meinerz or Dr. Kyle Krueger of Honest Teeth is a great choice!

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If you’ve been considering Invisalign in Elm Grove and you want to know how the treatment compares to traditional braces, we’re here to give you all the information you need! Invisalign has many advantages, and here are what we consider to be the top 5:

1. Faster Treatment Times

When wearing Invisalign, you will wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, and it usually takes about 20-24 sets of aligners to complete your treatment. This means that the average treatment time for Invisalign is just under a year.

In contrast, metal braces can take 2 years or even longer to achieve the same results. When you choose Invisalign, you’ll be able to get much faster results with much less time in the dentist’s chair.

2. Invisalign Is Nearly Invisible

It’s unfortunate, but metal braces do have a bit of a social stigma, especially among older adults who may be working professional jobs. Many people think that traditional braces are unsightly and embarrassing.

But Invisalign is almost completely invisible! Once you get used to wearing your aligners, you’ll be able to speak normally, and nobody will even be able to tell that you’re straightening your teeth.

3. Invisalign Can Be Removed For Better Oral Hygiene And More Flexibility

Brushing and flossing around metal braces can be quite difficult, particularly when your teeth are sensitive after your braces have been adjusted. This means it’s hard to maintain perfect oral health.

However, Invisalign is meant to be removed to brush and floss, ensuring that you are able to maintain proper levels of oral hygiene throughout the process.

4. Invisalign Is More Comfortable Than Braces

Invisalign is more comfortable than braces in several ways. First, there are no uncomfortable braces or wires that may poke your mouth and cause scarring or discomfort.

Second, Invisalign exerts a much more gradual, even, and gentle pressure on your teeth, compared to braces.

Finally, Invisalign does not require the traditional “tightening” process of braces, which can cause sensitivity and discomfort in many orthodontic patients.

5. You’ll Spend Much Less Time In The Dentist’s Chair

Traditional braces require you to have adjustments about every 4 weeks, and this can mean spending an hour or two in the dentist’s chair during each appointment. In some cases, you may need your braces to be adjusted even more frequently.

However, when you use Invisalign, you will only have a brief appointment at Honest Teeth every 6 weeks so our dentists can examine your mouth and track your progress, then give you the proper sets of aligners to wear for the next 6 weeks. This means you spend less time at the dentist, and more time enjoying your life!

See If Invisalign Is Right For You At Honest Teeth

If you only have minor-to-moderate orthodontic correction needs, and you need a low-profile, fast alternative to metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you!

Interested? Get in touch with Dr. Kyle Krueger or Dr. Max Meinerz of Honest Teeth right away. We’d be happy to set up a comprehensive consultation, and help you find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.

You can contact our team at (262) 784-7770, or drop by our office at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122 to get started! We hope to see you soon.

5 Reasons To Choose A Dental Implant Instead Of A Partial Denture

If you are missing a single tooth, you may be considering your options for restorative dentistry at Honest Teeth. While partial dentures are an inexpensive, simple way to restore your smile, they are often not the best long-term choice.

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Dental implants from Dr. Max Meinerz and Dr. Kyle Krueger are a permanent option that will look and feel natural. Here’s a few reasons to consider dental implants over a partial denture if you are missing a tooth:

1. Dental Implants Are A Better Long-Term Investment

Though dental implants are expensive compared to partial dentures, they are often a better long-term investment. This is because a typical dental implant will last 20-30 years, and potentially even longer with proper dental hygiene. As a comparison, dentures must often be replaced every 3-8 years. This means that in the long run, dental implants will save you both time and money.

2. Dental Implants Look And Feel More Natural Than Partial Dentures

Dental implants are actually surgically implanted where your missing tooth used to be. This means that your implant will look and feel completely natural.

On the other hand, partial dentures are usually secured to the surrounding teeth. They tend to shift and move, and they won’t always look or feel completely natural.

3. Dental Implants Prevent Bone And Gum Tissue Loss

One of the other big advantages of dental implants is that the implant stimulates the underlying bone and jaw tissue, preventing it from receding. Because partial dentures only rest above the gum tissue, they do not have this effect, which can lead to the loss of gum tissue and weakening of the jawbone.

4. Dental Implants Don’t Require As Much Care 

Partial dentures must regularly be cleaned, and have to be rinsed after each meal to prevent food from building up below the denture, which means you’ll spend a lot of time maintaining your denture.

Dental implants require no special care. All you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day, floss normally, and see Dr. Krueger or Dr. Meinerz for a regular six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam. That’s it! 

5. Dental Implants Don't Slip Or Move

Even the best partial dentures will slip or move somewhat while chewing, eating, and speaking. It takes a while to adjust to this slippage, which can make it more difficult to speak and chew with confidence.

Dental implants do not move or slip at all. Their design ensures that they stay solidly implanted in your gum line, and that they are just as secure as a natural tooth would be.

Interested In A Dental Implant? Schedule Your Appointment Today! 

Since dental implants are durable and can help keep your gums and mouth healthy, they are usually the best choice for replacing a single missing tooth. With a dental implant, you can restore your smile permanently and conveniently.

Interested in a dental implant from Honest Teeth, but not sure if it’s the right choice? Schedule a consultation today! Dr. Meinerz or Dr. Krueger will meet with you, and after an oral exam, they will help you understand if a dental implant is the right choice for you.

Give us a call now at (262) 784-7770 to get started, or visit our office in-person at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122.
 

Reasons to Invest in Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry in Elm Grove, Honest Teeth has options that will give you the smile of your dreams. Dr. Kyle Krueger and Dr. Max Meinerz are both experienced cosmetic dentists, and they’ll offer honest guidance to help you make the best decisions for your dental health.

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To start, here are some common reasons you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry at Honest Teeth:

1. You’re Self-Conscious About Your Smile

If you find yourself covering up your mouth when you laugh and you’re embarrassed when you smile in public, or if your smile isn’t quite as confident as you’d like, cosmetic dentistry can definitely help.

Whether your teeth are somewhat crooked, or they have become yellow and dull from normal wear and tear, you deserve a restored, beautiful smile. Our cosmetic dentistry options like Invisalign or our teeth whitening services will give you a smile you can be proud of.

2. You Have a Big Event or Special Occasion Coming Up

If you have a significant event coming up such as a large business presentation, speech, or wedding, a confident, carefree smile can be priceless. 

The videos, photos, and memories of these events will last a lifetime, and investing in your smile will ensure that you look your best. A cosmetic treatment from Honest Teeth will ensure that your smile is flawless, and the positive effect that the treatment will have on your confidence will last much longer than your special event.

3. You Want to Look Younger

Some tooth stains are normal and unavoidable. As we age, the enamel in our teeth tends to become yellow and dull. Stains can be picked up from consuming tea, coffee, wine, or even some foods like berries. Tobacco use can make these stains even more obvious.

However, stained and yellowed teeth can age you prematurely. With our teeth whitening options, you can remove these surface stains and enjoy a brighter, more youthful smile.

4. You Want to Focus On Your Oral Health 

If you’ve had trouble maintaining a great oral hygiene regimen in the past, cosmetic dentistry is actually a great solution! When you invest time and money into your smile, you’re much more likely to take care of it by brushing and flossing regularly, and taking other steps to maintain a healthy mouth.

Not Sure Which Cosmetic Treatment is Right for You? Come in for a Consultation! 

If you’d like to find out more about which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you and your budget, come to Honest Teeth for a consultation today. Dr. Krueger or Dr. Meinerz can perform a comprehensive oral exam and assessment, and develop a personalized treatment plan that’s perfect for you.

Contact us now at (262) 784-7770, or drop by our office at 15255 Watertown Plank Rd., Ste. 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. 

Welcome to our New Location!

It’s been a long time coming, but Honest Teeth has officially moved! Our new address is 15255 Watertown Plank Road, Suite 100, Elm Grove, WI 53122. With state-of-the-art technology, and the amenities to keep you and your family comfortable during each visit, our new office is a welcomed change for both returning and new patients.

It’s all thanks to you!

Thanks to the support of our loyal patients, our practice outgrew the old office and we agreed that change was in order. It took two years of searching, but we found a location that would satisfy everyone. Just off the I-94 freeway, and with plenty of parking, we’re happy to call Elm Grove home!

Creating the perfect office for patients

The new Honest Teeth office will feature all the amenities that we’ve always wanted to provide. We have a play area to entertain children during their visit, and a beverage center for all to enjoy. We’re even offering extended hours to our Dental Health Savings Club members!

And the improvements don’t end with our amenities! The larger space allows us to enhance our dental technology offerings. Cutting-edge 3D scanning technology will give us a clearer picture of your mouth, and allow us to expertly fit you for crowns, Invisalign and other dental prosthetics and appliances.

Still offering the same great care

We’re excited about our practice expansion, and remain dedicated to our fundamentals. The focus of Honest Teeth is to continue to provide expert dental and patient care. You can expect the same great service, compassionate touch and quality dentistry from Dr. Meinerz and the entire team at Honest Teeth!

Now that we’re settled in Elm Grove, we’d like to reach out to the community! If you need a new dentist, Honest Teeth will ensure you receive the treatment you deserve. Give your teeth a fresh start and visit us today!  

Honest Teeth

15255 Watertown Plank Road

Suite 100

Elm Grove, WI 53122